Na Yeon Choi Wins 2015 Coates Golf Championship; Lydia Ko Becomes Youngest Ever World #1

Na Yeon Choi (click to enlarge)

The best in the world play to win. While there should be no doubt to anybody who follows the LPGA that Na Yeon Choi is among the best players in the world and is a winner, she hadn’t captured an LPGA title since 2012. That drought is over as NYC held on down the stretch to win the 2015 Coates Golf Championship by 1 shot over Jessica Korda, Ha Na Jang and new world #1 Lydia Ko. On the par 3 15th hole, it look as if Lydia might take the trophy. NYC had the lead at 17-under with Lydia a shot back at 16-under. Ko was way on the other side of the green 60 feet away with Choi closest to the pin in birdie range. It looked like NYC would leave with a 2 shot lead, if not a 3 shot lead. Not so fast. Lydia dropped in an early season putt of the year candidate from 60 feet away for birdie and a tie for the lead. Despite being in prime birdie range, Choi made a bit of a mess of things with two missed putts and a bogey. It was a dramatic swing that could easily cause a player to be shaken mentally. But NYC regrouped quickly, parring out the next 3 holes. Meanwhile, it was Lydia who ran into misfortune on 17. Lydia found the bunker off the tee on the par 4 hole. She had a fairly wipe open line to the green but her approach from the bunker immediately faded right and into the trees. Initially, she didn’t even see where it landed. She played back to the fairway from the trees, but her approach shot (her fourth shot on the hole) found the green far from the hole. Two shots and a double bogey later she not only fell out of the lead but landed a shot back of NYC. Choi held on despite a great closing round from Jessica Korda and the duo of Ko and Jang putting on scoreboard pressure. It’s Na Yeon’s 8th LPGA victory. The winner’s interview is very interesting. Na Yeon talks (after the 3 minute mark) about how top 10s and top 5s didn’t engender a lot of support. She speaks about how even finishing runner-up still makes some see her as a loser. I try to stay positive, but if there is anybody out there who thinks Na Yeon Choi is a loser, they can kick rocks, as Stephen A. Smith likes to say. Na Yeon never has been, isn’t and never will be a loser. She is a winner as a person and as a player no matter how she places in a tournament.

 

Lydia Ko (click to enlarge)

The list of youngest-ever accomplishments that Lydia Ko has recorded is too numerous for me to list here. Well, she can add another. With her tie for runner-up, the 17-year old Kiwi becomes the youngest ever professional golf world #1, male or female, breaking Tiger Woods’ record by 3 years, 18 mounths and 14 days. The future could turn in any way. A few years ago, Yani Tseng looked like she might dominate for 10 years (and who knows, she might make a great comeback this year), but that hasn’t happened. However, right now it seems like we might see Lydia on top of the mountain, maybe going back and forth with Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis, for at least the next couple of years, if not beyond.

 

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1 NA YEON CHOI (-16)

 

T2 JESSICA KORDA (-15)

 

T2 LYDIA KO (-15)

 

T2 HA NA JANG (-15)

 

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Na Yeon Choi 68 70 66 68 -4 -16 272 $225,000
T2 Jessica Korda 66 72 69 66 -6 -15 273 $104,587
T2 Ha Na Jang 67 65 71 70 -2 -15 273 $104,587
T2 Lydia Ko 68 69 65 71 -1 -15 273 $104,587
5 Amy Yang 74 68 65 71 -1 -10 278 $61,979
6 Alison Walshe 74 71 68 66 -6 -9 279 $50,710
7 Brittany Lang 74 69 67 70 -2 -8 280 $42,446
T8 Sun Young Yoo 70 72 70 69 -3 -7 281 $33,681
T8 So Yeon Ryu 72 67 70 72 E -7 281 $33,681
T8 Stacy Lewis 66 70 70 75 +3 -7 281 $33,681
11 Ariya Jutanugarn 74 70 70 68 -4 -6 282 $28,171
12 Minjee Lee 70 73 70 70 -2 -5 283 $26,293
T13 Sydnee Michaels 70 76 70 68 -4 -4 284 $20,434
T13 Mo Martin 73 73 68 70 -2 -4 284 $20,434
T13 Mariajo Uribe 72 73 68 71 -1 -4 284 $20,434
T13 Inbee Park 71 75 67 71 -1 -4 284 $20,434
T13 Alison Lee 71 72 69 72 E -4 284 $20,434
T13 Azahara Munoz 66 71 72 75 +3 -4 284 $20,434
T13 Austin Ernst 67 70 70 77 +5 -4 284 $20,434
T13 Mirim Lee 72 68 69 75 +3 -4 284 $20,434
T21 Sandra Gal 77 71 68 69 -3 -3 285 $16,077
T21 Yueer Cindy Feng 71 77 66 71 -1 -3 285 $16,077
T21 Cristie Kerr 71 69 71 74 +2 -3 285 $16,077
T24 Mina Harigae 74 71 70 71 -1 -2 286 $13,560
T24 Michelle Wie 72 70 73 71 -1 -2 286 $13,560
T24 Pornanong Phatlum 77 69 68 72 E -2 286 $13,560
T24 Anna Nordqvist 74 69 70 73 +1 -2 286 $13,560
T24 Pernilla Lindberg 70 70 71 75 +3 -2 286 $13,560
T24 Angela Stanford 71 65 74 76 +4 -2 286 $13,560
T30 Jenny Shin 72 74 70 71 -1 -1 287 $10,893
T30 Meena Lee 77 70 70 70 -2 -1 287 $10,893
T30 Joanna Klatten 73 71 74 69 -3 -1 287 $10,893
T30 Wei-Ling Hsu 70 71 72 74 +2 -1 287 $10,893
T30 Jennifer Johnson 75 73 71 68 -4 -1 287 $10,893
T35 Brittany Lincicome 77 71 68 72 E E 288 $8,865
T35 M.J. Hur 69 73 73 73 +1 E 288 $8,865
T35 Moriya Jutanugarn 72 70 72 74 +2 E 288 $8,865
T35 Jane Park 71 73 74 70 -2 E 288 $8,865
T35 Carlota Ciganda 74 72 73 69 -3 E 288 $8,865
T40 Caroline Hedwall 75 71 69 74 +2 +1 289 $7,362
T40 Juli Inkster 72 75 71 71 -1 +1 289 $7,362
T40 Mi Hyang Lee 70 70 74 75 +3 +1 289 $7,362
T40 Sarah Jane Smith 71 74 68 76 +4 +1 289 $7,362
T44 Katherine Kirk 71 72 73 74 +2 +2 290 $6,498
T44 Gerina Piller 73 75 72 70 -2 +2 290 $6,498
T46 Kristy McPherson 72 71 73 75 +3 +3 291 $5,516
T46 Lizette Salas 72 74 70 75 +3 +3 291 $5,516
T46 Candie Kung 72 75 71 73 +1 +3 291 $5,516
T46 Hee Young Park 73 74 71 73 +1 +3 291 $5,516
T46 Lisa Ferrero 75 73 71 72 E +3 291 $5,516
T46 Ilhee Lee 72 74 74 71 -1 +3 291 $5,516
T46 Karine Icher 77 70 76 68 -4 +3 291 $5,516
T53 Kris Tamulis 72 71 73 76 +4 +4 292 $4,432
T53 Beatriz Recari 72 74 71 75 +3 +4 292 $4,432
T53 Amy Anderson 76 72 70 74 +2 +4 292 $4,432
T53 Lexi Thompson 69 72 76 75 +3 +4 292 $4,432
T53 Paula Creamer 72 70 77 73 +1 +4 292 $4,432
T53 Christina Kim 72 76 72 72 E +4 292 $4,432
T59 Dewi Claire Schreefel 73 71 73 76 +4 +5 293 $3,738
T59 Alena Sharp 72 69 78 74 +2 +5 293 $3,738
T59 Karrie Webb 76 72 72 73 +1 +5 293 $3,738
T59 P.K. Kongkraphan 72 72 77 72 E +5 293 $3,738
T63 Amelia Lewis 71 70 74 79 +7 +6 294 $3,456
T63 Eun-Hee Ji 71 76 72 75 +3 +6 294 $3,456
T63 Maria Hernandez 73 71 75 75 +3 +6 294 $3,456
T66 Ai Miyazato 73 70 73 79 +7 +7 295 $3,230
T66 Jing Yan 75 69 75 76 +4 +7 295 $3,230
T66 Marina Alex 78 69 75 73 +1 +7 295 $3,230
T69 Min Lee 74 72 72 79 +7 +9 297 $2,996
T69 Ryann O’Toole 74 74 72 77 +5 +9 297 $2,996
T69 Jennifer Song 77 71 74 75 +3 +9 297 $2,996
T69 Caroline Masson 74 73 76 74 +2 +9 297 $2,996
73 Kim Kaufman 75 72 74 77 +5 +10 298 $2,892
74 Giulia Sergas 74 72 73 80 +8 +11 299 $2,855
T75 Cheyenne Woods 77 71 73 79 +7 +12 300 $2,802
T75 Christel Boeljon 73 74 75 78 +6 +12 300 $2,802
77 Paz Echeverria 75 73 76 78 +6 +14 302 $2,749
WD Sarah Kemp WD WD WD WD WD WD WD
WD Line Vedel WD WD WD WD WD WD WD
T78 Nicole Castrale 76 73 MC MC 149
T78 Simin Feng 75 74 MC MC 149
T78 Danielle Kang 73 76 MC MC 149
T78 Min Seo Kwak 75 74 MC MC 149
T78 Xiyu Lin 76 73 MC MC 149
T78 Ji Young Oh 79 70 MC MC 149
T78 Suzann Pettersen 74 75 MC MC 149
T85 Chella Choi 77 73 MC MC 150
T85 Laura Diaz 75 75 MC MC 150
T85 Julieta Granada 73 77 MC MC 150
T85 Tiffany Joh 78 72 MC MC 150
T85 Mika Miyazato 74 76 MC MC 150
T85 Morgan Pressel 75 75 MC MC 150
T85 Jennifer Rosales 76 74 MC MC 150
T85 Demi Runas 77 73 MC MC 150
T93 Katie Burnett 78 73 MC MC 151
T93 Perrine Delacour 76 75 MC MC 151
T93 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 77 74 MC MC 151
T93 Haeji Kang 76 75 MC MC 151
T93 Seon Hwa Lee 77 74 MC MC 151
T93 Brooke Pancake 73 78 MC MC 151
T93 Jackie Stoelting 79 72 MC MC 151
T100 Sei-Young Kim 79 73 MC MC 152
T100 Thidapa Suwannapura 77 75 MC MC 152
T102 Belen Mozo 80 73 MC MC 153
T102 Karin Sjodin 77 76 MC MC 153
T102 Marissa Steen 78 75 MC MC 153
T105 Q Baek 80 74 MC MC 154
T105 Victoria Elizabeth 77 77 MC MC 154
T105 Jaye Marie Green 79 75 MC MC 154
T105 Sadena Parks 75 79 MC MC 154
T105 Ashleigh Simon 79 75 MC MC 154
110 Ayako Uehara 78 77 MC MC 155
111 Kelly Tan 79 77 MC MC 156
T112 Mallory Blackwelder 81 76 MC MC 157
T112 Danah Bordner 81 76 MC MC 157
T112 Kendall Dye 78 79 MC MC 157
T115 Dori Carter 80 80 MC MC 160
T115 Alexandria Jacobsen 81 79 MC MC 160
117 Jennifer Gleason 79 84 MC MC 163
118 Paula Reto 80 WD WD WD 80
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2 thoughts on “Na Yeon Choi Wins 2015 Coates Golf Championship; Lydia Ko Becomes Youngest Ever World #1

  1. Hi. Sorry I was not around last year. I’ll try to do better this year. Surprised Lydia stumbled bit. Not like her to do that. Just shows how great she is and will become, she is still human and very young. NYC has a great game, but has not seemed as consistent the last few years. Formidable player though. Nice charge by Jessica today and great showing by the rookie, Ha Na Jang. Takes a long time to get a check that big on the Symetra Tour.

    • I was happy to see NYC win. It would have been something if Jessica Korda had forced a playoff. Home in 2 on 18 was awesome. Looking for big things from a lot of rookies, of course including Ariya.

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